A taste of the East
Back in 2010 I created a painting called Wu-Long (which translates as Dragon Dance in Chinese). This painting was inspired by the traditional dance that is performed in Chinese culture. It may come as no surprise then that Winds of Change is also inspired by a similar subject matter.
In fact it was a chance encounter during Chinese New Year that led me creating this painting. Not only were there dragons present on this particular evening of celebration but so too was a classically trained calligrapher who I had the privilege of spending time with.
The texts I saw being created that night were like nothing I’d ever seen before and in particular I was transfixed with how beautiful the process of applying ink to parchment was. All this input flying around has inevitably led to a series of works that carry influences from my notes on the night. With the exception of a few pieces of sculpture this is the first one out.
Adapting to what you have
Let me say that I have no skills for calligraphy and couldn’t get anywhere close if I tried, but the memories of that experience has evolved into my own interpretations of the theme. As a whole the painting is simply my adaptation of a joyous and overwhelming five hours spent in the company of some astonishing people.
I paint abstracts. That’s it. So bringing the sights and sounds of a Chinese New Year into (what is essentially) five painted strokes has taken quite a lot of practice on some smaller test canvases.
In fact, I have a new version of an enamel paint pouring technique at work here and I’ve only used it on this painting.
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